1. P. Karen Murphy
  2. http://www.qualitytalk.psu.edu
  3. Professor of Education
  5. Pennsylvania State University
  1. Jeffrey Greene
  2. http://soe.unc.edu/fac_research/profile/greene.php
  3. Associate Professor of Education
  5. UNC Chapel Hill

Quality Talk

NSF Awards: 1316347

2015 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 9-12

Quality Talk is an innovative, scalable, teacher-facilitated discussion approach. The aim of Quality Talk is to improve teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge and to foster students’ high-level comprehension and content area learning in high school physics and chemistry classrooms. Through Quality Talk discussions students are encouraged to think about, around, and with real-world scientific phenomena and problems through small-group discussions. Via professional development teachers learn how to promote students’ critical-analytic thinking and scientific reasoning. Likewise, students receive explicit instruction in how to ask and respond to questions using scientific argumentation. Moreover, students learn to apply authentic questioning and argumentation to science lessons that align with the Next Generation Science Standards. As a result of participating in small-group discussions, students’ become not only engaged but also invested in gleaning deeper understandings of scientific phenomena. After participating in Quality Talk discussions, students’ scores improved on content-focused standardized assessments. Similarly, increases in students’ authentic questioning and use of evidence and reasoning were apparent over time.

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